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The Chinese Academy Is Ready for the World Expo!!!

Today, the Chinese Academy worked hard to prepare for the World Expo. In the morning assembly, Hsieh Laoshi led students in a song called “帶你回來 (dai ni huilai),” which literally means ‘bring you back’. In the afternoon, students rehearsed their dances, skits and Kung Fu performances. During the evening assembly, students applied what they learned in today’s class by preparing and performing short skits. The theme of the day was clothing, and the students were very creative. They imitated their teachers and some celebrities in their skits.

Mariachis Visit Swarthmore

The Spanish Academy recently had the pleasure of welcoming a Mariachi band for a very wonderful evening performance. Students truly enjoyed being introduced to this exciting style of music as some could be heard singing along with songs and a few were actually selected to dance with the band as well! All in all it was a great evening and everyone in attendance definitely left the performance with a smile on their face.

-Max Brazo, Program Assistant
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¡Multitud Instantánea! (Flash mob!)



The Spanish Academy’s Cultural Exploration class on Improvisational Theater surprised the rest of MMLA with a Flash Mob rendition of Shakira’s “La La La” at dinner Thursday night.
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Lights. Camera. Improv!

The French Academy today had a very full schedule! Students started off the day by practicing for the World Expo where they will show off our French dance to the other academies. Everyone can’t stop humming along to our new favorite song Onest là. During activity time our students made friendship bracelets, cooled off in the pool and went into town to enjoy some downtime after a full morning of classes. In the evening, we were lucky to have a French improv expert come and teach a seminar to us!

Comillas Academy Teacher Profile - Antonio Calvo

Antonio Calvo obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate from the Universidad de Granada. He also completed his Master’s degree in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid.  While still studying in Granada, Antonio collaborated with the Spanish language school Carmen de los Gatos, where he taught Spanish to foreign students and organized cultural enrichment activities.

Teacher Profile - Elizabeth Miras

Elizabeth is from Seville, the capital of Andalucía in the south of Spain. She has been involved in training teachers of Spanish as a Second Language (ELE) since 2000, and has participated in Spanish programs all over the world-China, USA, Morrocco and several others. Currently Elizabeth directs an online post-graduate course on the ELE teaching methodology for the University of Alcalá and UDIMA (a distance learning university in Madrid). 

Comillas Foundation

One of the recent visits that Academy students made was to the Comillas Foundation, the international center for the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language. Originally built as a Seminary for the underprivileged, it soon became a world-renowned Pontificial University, accredited directly by the Pope. In the mid-1960s, the academic activity was moved to Madrid, and the building finally fell into ruin.

Rhythm and Moves: How Music and Dance Supplement Learning

While the Field Day activity this past Saturday epitomized the spirit of friendly competition that characterizes inter-academy activities, other events both formal and informal, demonstrate how another theme - music - pervades life at MMLA. In the Spanish Academy, song and dance have been on the menu since the first day of classes.

Le Temps Libre: So Many Choices!

Activity time on Tuesday afternoon for the French Academy provided a few students with rousing competition and calming relaxation for others. Some students chose to release their artistic expression through decorating the French Academy banner with depictions of the Eiffel Tower and catchy French slogans. Across the street, peace and serenity were in order as wide-eyed students witnessed how their assembly room had been transformed into a space reminiscent of Parisian spa.

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